Open Mic Night - Avebury Social Centre (14 Nov 2009)

Saturday 14 November 2009 saw another Open Mic Night taking place in the Avebury Social Centre. Andree and Lawrie were the only two people present when I arrived. It was expected to be a quiet night because of the weather, concurrent events and the fact the previous Open Mic had only been two weeks previously. But attendance was fine and it turned out to be a great night. A bit later Cathy played piano as people continued to arrive. The event got underway just before 20:00 and I was first up. I started with a late performance of my 48-line Samhain poem, sounding a small Tibetan bowl every four lines. I followed with a second reading of my 80-line Misnomers 2 poem, continually rubbing a larger Tibetan bowl as I progressed. Lawrie was up next with three songs on guitar, including one of his own about the darker days. Tim, former landlord of the Red Lion, made his Open Mic debut on this night and performed covers of REM’s "Losing My Religion" and Weezer’s "Island In The Sun". He was followed by Anouk, who started with a cover of "Cold Day In July" by the Dixie Chicks and then moved into a cover of "The Lucky One" by Alison Krauss. Cathy came back to the piano to perform Joni Mitchell’s Blue. She then moved to vocals-only with Steve on piano to perform one of my favourite songs - Yazoo’s "Only You". Steve then moved to guitar for another performance with Cathy, before performing on his own with guitar, starting with The Stone Roses’ "Ten Storey Love Song". And continuing with" Long Black Veil" by the Dave Matthews Band. Neil made a brief appearance to read three poems. The first was about observations on a group of dogs, the next was called "A Postcard To My Forebears" and the final one was called "The Far Distance" - about what happens to Swindon toxic waste! Paul followed with a collection of songs, starting with one of his own called "Moon Flower Girl". He followed with another song and then a third work - a music-only piece that had been written following his move to Devon.

The break saw some lovely cake being brought around. I took the chance to catch up with a few people as well as to answer some questions about my bowls and memory technique. With things underway again I started the second half with a performance of my 80-line Puns 1 poem, sounding a small Japanese bowl after each pair of lines. I was very pleased with the reaction to this. Terry came on next, starting with a cover of the Bob Dylan song "Knocking on Heaven’s Door". He followed with a cover of B.B. King’s "Stormy Monday", which gave him a chance to try out his new mouth organ gadget. He finished with another cover. Gordon came on next with "It’s A Mean Old Scene", followed by a cover of Dolly Parton’s "The Last Thing On My Mind" and then a cover of Bob Dylan’s "Blowin' In The Wind" (with requested audience participation). Lawrie came back to perform a Buddy Holly medley, with Steve on piano. Terry, Paul and Gordon also accompanied in the background. Tim returned to perform a song he had written many years previously called "Perfect World". Steve came back to perform a couple of his own songs. Paul also took up a second slot, his performance including a song with an African influence. The evening concluded with a variety of jamming sessions. Terry led one based around U2’s "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For". Gordon led the next one, centred on Van Morrison’s "It Takes a Worried Man". Terry led the next session and Lawrie followed with "Hotel California". Then Steve led another session on guitar. Overall this was another brilliant night of entertainment. As always thanks must go to Andree and Lawrie for all their hard work and enthusiasm in making these nights happen.

Matthew performs the Samhain and Misnomers 2 poems (stock photo)

Lawrie performs one of his own songs about the darker days

Tim covers REM’s "Losing My Religion"

Anouk starts with a cover of "Cold Day In July"

Cathy comes back to the piano to perform Joni Mitchell’s Blue

Cathy and Steve cover Yazoo’s "Only You"

Steve moves to guitar for another performance with Cathy

Steve performs "Ten Storey Love Song" by The Stone Roses

Neil pops in to perform three poems

Paul starts with "Moon Flower Girl"

Following the break Matthew returns with the Puns 1 poem (stock photo)

Terry starts with a cover of the Guns 'N' Roses track "Knocking on Heaven’s Door"

Terry tries out his new mouth organ gadget

Gordon leads the group through Bob Dylan’s "Blowin' In The Wind"

Lawrie and Steve perform a Buddy Holly medley

Tim returns to perform a song written many years previously called "Perfect World"

Steve comes back to perform a couple of his own songs

Paul performs a song with an African influence

Terry leads a jam based around U2’s" I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For"

Gordon leads the next one based on Van Morrison’s "It Takes a Worried Man"

Steve continues on piano for much of the jamming session

Terry leads another session

Lawrie follows with "Hotel California"

Steve moves to guitar to continue the jamming

The jamming continues

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